Old-Fashioned Cream Cheese Mints Recipe
These homemade cream cheese mints make me feel just a wee bit nostalgic for the 80’s. You see, I remember these when I was growing up. They would be served at graduation parties, weddings, and other celebrations.
As a little girl with no self-control, I would eat these by the handful.
I hadn’t eaten these for – well, decades – until I went home to visit my parents a few weeks ago. My mom and I made a batch, bringing some to Ladies Aid, giving some away to some friends, and eating some ourselves.
They tasted just as good as I remember.
These mints are very affordable:
- 8-ounce package cream cheese = $1.59
- 2-pound bag powdered sugar = $1.79
- Other ingredients (granulated sugar, food flavoring, and food coloring) = $.10
Total cost for entire recipe = $3.48
This recipe makes a boatload of mints. Although I didn’t count, I think I ended up with roughly 120. That’s about two cents per mint.
Feel free to half the recipe if you don’t need such a large quantity.
Where To Buy Rubber Mint Molds
I bought rubber mint molds at a party supply store. You could also check a kitchen supply store or buy them online:
- Graduation Rubber Mold Set
- Wedding Shower Mold Set
- Heart-Shaped Mint Molds
- Confirmation Rubber Mold Set
Choosing An Appropriate Mint Mold
Mint molds come in all shapes and are suitable for a variety of occasions:
- Diplomas for graduation parties
- Hearts for Valentine’s Day
- Flowers for a wedding
- A cross for confirmation or First Communion
- Bottles for a baby shower
Do Cream Cheese Mints Freeze Well?
Yes. One of the best things about these cream cheese mints is that they freeze very well.
You can make a batch of mints up to a month ahead of time, and they will be ready to go when you need them for your party. Just remember to seal them very well so no air gets in. I recommend double bagging them and placing the bags in a plastic container.
Take the frozen mints out of the freezer 30 minutes before you plan on eating them.
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 2-pound bag of powdered/confectioners sugar (you may not need the whole bag)
- Food flavoring (peppermint, almond and vanilla work well)
- Food coloring
- Granulated sugar, for coating mints
- Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, start adding powdered sugar until you reach the consistency of play dough. This will probably be slightly less than a 2-pound bag of powdered sugar. If the dough is sticky at all, keep adding powdered sugar.
- Add a drop or two of flavoring and mix to incorporate. Add more flavoring if desired.
- Place equal portions of the dough into separate bowls. Add desired food coloring and mix well.
- To make mints, take a marble-sized portion of dough, roll it in granulated sugar, and press into a mint mold. Remove mint by inverting the mint mold. The mint should pop right out. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in fridge until ready to serve.